Boy fights for his life
A KANDANGA boy remains in a critical condition after falling from a modified ride-on mower on Monday evening.
His family is staying by his side at the Brisbane Children's Hospital while he fights to recover from brain and abdomen injuries and severe fractures to both arms.
The boy, 12, was riding downhill on his family's property to collect the mail, when the chain broke on the mower sending it speeding out of control and flipping several times.
He was flung through a fence after colliding with a tree, shattering the bones in his arms.
The Gympie Times understands a neighbour raised the alarm after seeing the boy fall off and his mother ran down to find her son unconscious.
The former swimming coach performed CPR four times to get her son breathing. He turned blue as ambulances and the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter rushed to the scene.
The boy's grandfather said his grandson's clothes had been torn on the barbed wire fence he crashed through.
"He's doing okay; (doctors) aren't going to let him wake up for a couple of days," he said. "He has a couple of bleeds on the brain. They've put a monitor on to watch the swelling. He's got a punctured lung (as well)."
The boy's grandmother said riding to the mailbox was something he did every day and her daughter's actions saved him.
"He's still critical. Without her having CPR experience we wouldn't have him," she said.
"He's got two broken arms, but the main problem was the head impact."
The mower, which had been converted into a go-kart did not have any blades and the boy only got it a couple of weeks ago.
He was not wearing a helmet when he crashed at 5pm.
Flooded roads delayed emergency services, but by 6pm he was being airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital in a critical condition.
The Gympie Times understands doctors needed to relieve pressure on the boy's brain. He will remain in a coma in the intensive care unit with more surgeries likely before the end of the week.
The Year 7 student at Amamoor State School has been described as a "tough character" and his grandfather said he would fight his way through his recovery.